Avocado are taking the world by storm. Everybody is going bananas for avocado these day. But why is it so. Why is avocado a nature’s miracle food and why everyone wants you to include an entire avocado in your daily balanced diet? Well, let’s find out why…
Avocado is a pear-shaped fruit (often mistaken as a vegetable) and is also known as “Butter Fruit” or “Alligator Pear” in some countries. It is particularly known for its miraculous health and beauty wonders. These creamy green fruit gems are capable of keeping you fit, from head to toe. It has a unique taste and texture, it’s delicious and usually delicious things come with unhealthy label. But fortunately for us, it is full of nutrients and has heaps of health benefits. It is one of the healthiest natural ingredient found on our planet. In fact, in a research by National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, it was found that “Avocado consumption is associated with improved overall diet quality, nutrient intake, and reduced risk of metabolic syndrome”. Let’s see what all benefits, your body is missing on, if you are not eating an avocado a day.
Avocados are super rich in nutrition value. It has more than dozen minerals and vitamins to offer. According to the data provided by Nutritional Facts and Analysis, a typical, single piece of an avocado (somewhere at 200 gm weight), would provide the following percentage of your Recommended Daily Value (on an average the recommended daily value is of 2000 calories, your can be higher or lower depending on needs):
- 53% of Vitamin K
- 41% of Folate
- 33% of Vitamin C
- 28% of Pantothenic Acid
- 28% of Potassium
- 26% of Vitamin B6
- 21% of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)
- 19% of Copper
- 17% of Niacin
- and so on…..You can read more at the link provided.
There was a phobia in 1980’s that Avocado would make you fat. The facts were wrong and it misguided people to the extent that some people still believe in such fact. But the truth is that 75% of the energy comes from fat in this fruit and 2/3rd of which is monounsaturated fat, which is the good fat. It helps reduce your blood cholesterol levels and thus reducing the risks of stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases. It’s similar to Olive oil in terms of monounsaturated fat and can be used for your healthy heart balanced diet.
What’s more is that avocado are super rich in dietary fibers and will make up for 54% of your recommended daily diet value. So it helps your digestive system by normalizing your bowels and letting your digestive system function smoothly. Fiber is found in many food and vegetables, yet most of the people do not get enough of it. So avocado a day will certainly do half of that job, all by itself and you will have to worry about the remaining half.
Aids In Weight Loss:
It has been noticed that overweight people who mixed avocados with their lunch or salads, felt satiate for longer. It helped them to curb their hunger and many actually lost weight because of that. Mixing even half avocado with the meal seemed to do the trick. Most of these people had less or no desire for munching on some snacks post their meals. So it may work for you to lose weight as well.
Avocados are believed to help regulate your blood sugar levels, which are really important to prevent diabetes. According to a recent research, adding half an avocado to your meal would increase its calorie and carbohydrate levels, but study shows that there were no increase in blood sugar levels, when compared to the same meals with no avocado.
Chronic inflammation has been linked to all modern diseases like Asthma, Alzheimer, Arthritis, Cancer, etc. Avocado are rich in Oleic acid content which helps fight and reduce inflammation. This acid is also found in the much common Olive oil and has heaps of healthy benefits.
It is believed that it also helps in stopping or slowing the growth of prostate cancer cells, while reducing the side effects of chemotherapy but the studies and finds are too limited to truly believe this fact at this point.
Also, it’s anti-inflammatory benefits helps reduce symptoms of arthritis of bones and thus helping in relieving aches from inflammation.
As mentioned, Avocados provide Copper, 19% of your daily requirement. Copper is brain stimulant that helps you greatly in processing your brain efficiently, specially with out of the box creativity. Thus we can classify avocados to be brain food, and who does not like a smart brain?
All those healthy skin creams and moisturizer are pretty expensive. They are enriched with Vitamin E which is vital for healthy skin and hair and anti-ageing also. As mentioned in the nutrition breakdown, Avocado provide Vitamin E, and that too 21% of daily recommended value. So why not get healthy skin and healthy hair from within your body. You can also try avocado oil in general, for your hair, but that would be bit expensive.
Avocado is fruit that is not sweet. It had a very subtle flavor and has a creamy smooth texture. It is usually used in both savory and sweet dishes. Most commonly it is used as base for Mexican dip called guacamole, which is really popular and goes well with many snacks.
Adding avocado in salads is really the most popular way of eating this fruit. Particularly, people who are looking to lose some weight, love such salads. You can slice or chop these avocados into your salads or puree them to use as a salad dressing.
In some South-East Asian countries like Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and India, people actually use avocado very frequently in milk shakes and ice creams. Whereas in New Zealand and Australia, it is popularly served in sandwiches or sushi. Ethiopians and Moroccans, juice these avocados and add milk, water and sugar, turning into rich delicious juices. We can go on and on throughout the world and find many examples of savory and sweet dishes for you because this wonderful fruit really plays well with other fruits and vegetables and can be used in unlimited ways.
Just as side note though, avocados are listed as toxic for animals like dogs and cats. Please do not feed this to your pets or any other animals.
Avocado are really gem of a fruit and it’s health benefits are unparalleled. Including it in your daily diet will do wonders to your health not only in short-term, but in long-term as well. Eating an avocado a day will keep doctors away. It’s the new apples. But always remember, excess of everything is bad. So stick to one a day. That should be enough.
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